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Jazz Northwest focuses on the regional jazz scene from Portland to Vancouver. The program also includes news about the best places to go for live jazz in the region. In addition, Jim goes on location to concerts, clubs and jazz festivals to record performances by resident and visiting artists for playback on Jazz Northwest.

Jazz Northwest focuses on the regional jazz scene from Portland to Vancouver. The program also includes news about the best places to go for live jazz in the region. In addition, Jim goes on location to concerts, clubs and jazz festivals to record performances by resident and visiting artists for playback on Jazz Northwest.
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Tacoma, WA

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Jazz Northwest focuses on the regional jazz scene from Portland to Vancouver. The program also includes news about the best places to go for live jazz in the region. In addition, Jim goes on location to concerts, clubs and jazz festivals to record performances by resident and visiting artists for playback on Jazz Northwest.

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Episodes

Jimmy Heath featured with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra

1/26/2020
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The late saxophonist and composer Jimmy Heath appeared in Seattle several times, with The Heath Brothers and with The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. He was commissioned by the SRJO to compose a suite "The Endless Search" which the orchestra premiered in 2006 at a concert in Benaroya Hall. He returned a year later to make a studio recording of the suite with SRJO. Parts 2 and 3 of the suites will be featured on today’s episode of Jazz Northwest. Also featured are Randy Halberstadt, Greta...

Duration:01:11:28

DX-Tet plays new music for octet at SAM's Art of Jazz

1/19/2020
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This month's Art of Jazz concert presented by Earshot and The Seattle Art Museum featured exciting new compositions and arrangements for octet by Dylan Hayes and Xavier Lecouturier. The DX-Tet, co-led by Hayes and Lecouturier, played a rich program for four horns, piano, guitar, bass and drums. The co-leaders grew up in the Bay area and have lived in Seattle the last four years while attending Cornish College of the Arts. Drawing on a variety of sources and a rich musical pool, the music...

Duration:01:15:46

Marina Albero among recent releases featured on Jazz Northwest

1/13/2020
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Barcelona-born pianist Marina Albero's ambitious 3 CD album featuring her piano and compositions is among recent releases on this week's episode of Jazz Northwest. Also on this show are Cuban cuatro player Kiki Valera, singers Jenny Davis and Kelley Johnson and Portland pianist Kerry Politzer. We also tap the way back machine for Floyd Standifer with the Local 493 Reunion Band, and Cannonball Adderley at The Penthouse. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by host Jim Wilke and airs...

Duration:00:51:13

Charlie Porter's "Immigration Nation" debuts on Jazz Northwest

1/5/2020
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Portland-based trumpet player and composer Charlie Porter has composed and recorded an ambitious suite of original music titled "Immigration Nation ." The suite takes up an entire CD and is divided into two large sections, "Leaving Home" and "New Beginnings." We'll sample the suite today on Jazz Northwest. Also on this week's show are Dave Peterson, Greta Matassa, Cory Weeds Little Big Band and more from a 1962 live aircheck of Johnny Griffin and Lockjaw Davis playing at The Penthouse in...

Duration:01:04:47

Favorite 2019 releases by resident Jazz Artists

1/3/2020
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This week's Jazz Northwest features some of our favorite CD releases from 2019 by resident Northwest Jazz artists. Included on the show are selections by Kiki Valera, Xavier Lecouturier, Kelley Johnson, Chuck Deardorf, Marina Albero, and others. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by host Jim Wilke and airs Sundays at 2 p.m. Listeners may also subscribe to the podcast at KNKX, NPR, Apple , Google or Spotify .

Duration:00:50:18

Greta Matassa's Quintet at SAM

1/2/2020
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One of the Seattle area's best-known singers, Greta Matassa is featured in concert from the Seattle Art Museum on this episode of Jazz Northwest. Named to the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame and seven times Earshot Vocalist of the Year, Greta Matassa has produced 11 CDs. She tours nationally and has also performed abroad. She sings several songs from her most recent CD "Portrait" on this concert. Greta Matassa is in demand as a jazz vocal teacher as well and provides an opportunity for deserving...

Duration:00:50:18

A Jazz Northwest Holiday show

12/15/2019
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Holiday music by regional jazz artists and some highlights from The Sacred Music of Duke Ellington as performed by The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra last year at St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle. The SRJO with chorus and soloists will perform the Ellington Sacred Music again on December 28 this year at Town Hall Seattle. This week's Jazz Northwest also includes seasonal music by Don Lanphere, B3 Kings, Karin Plato, Greta Matassa, Anton Schwartz and Dave Peterson and best bets for live jazz...

Duration:01:40:27

SRJO plays Jazz of the Harlem Renaissance in concert on Jazz Northwest

12/8/2019
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In November concerts, The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra played big band Jazz of the Harlem Renaissance. This is music created by some of the greatest African-American jazz orchestras led by Jimmy Lunceford, Horace Henderson, Fletcher Henderson, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington and others. It comes from a period in the 1920s and 30s known as The Harlem Renaissance, a great flowering of the arts in Harlem, NYC, including music, poetry, literature, painting, and dance. Jazz Big Bands regularly...

Duration:01:11:26

Radio broadcasts from The Penthouse in Seattle among new releases on Jazz Northwest

12/1/2019
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Live Seattle radio broadcasts by Johnny Griffin and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis from 1962 provide source material for a new release on the Reel to Real label from Vancouver BC. The broadcasts were part of a long-running weekly radio series featuring major touring jazz artists from the Pioneer Square jazz club. Two complete half-hour broadcasts are presented back to back on the new release "OW!" which was just released on a limited edition double vinyl LP on Record Store Day/Black Friday, and the...

Duration:02:49:26

Gillian Margot & Geoffrey Keezer concert at Jazz Port Townsend

11/17/2019
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Singer Gillian Margot and pianist Geoffrey Keezer performed as a duo on the last night of the 2019 Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend and their concert will air on this week’s episode of Jazz Northwest. Together, they performed a selection of songs including some of their original songs as well as popular standards by Jimmy Webb, Michel LeGrand and Stevie Wonder. Gillian Margot and Geoffrey Keezer included some songs from their 2018 album "On My Way To You." Both were on the jazz faculty for the...

Duration:01:08:46

Ernestine Anderson featured on Jazz Northwest

11/10/2019
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On the eve of what would be her 91st birthday, Ernestine Anderson is remembered with a selection of early, middle and late career recordings this Sunday on Jazz Northwest. In a career spanning more than six decades, she made over 30 albums and received four Grammy nominations. She began in Seattle at Garfield High School with Bumps Blackwell's Youth band which included Quincy Jones and Ray Charles. She went on to perform at the greatest jazz venues, Concord and Monterey Jazz Festivals in...

Duration:01:42:36

Two-Tenor teams on Jazz Northwest

10/27/2019
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Tenor sax "battles" have been a tradition in jazz since the late 30s and pairing tenor saxophonists with contrasting styles has continued to the present day. Usually, more of a friendly exchange than a battle per se, two examples recorded in Seattle in 1962 and 2009 are featured on this week's episode of Jazz Northwest .

Duration:00:52:03

Ann Reynolds Clave Gringa in concert at Seattle Art Museum

10/20/2019
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Pianist and composer Ann Reynolds has been traveling to Cuba since 2000, engaging with the music, dance, culture and the people. Return trips have fueled her creativity and she has now produced two albums of her original music inspired by her travels. She brought her quintet Clave Gringa to the Art of Jazz series at the Seattle Art Museum this month.

Duration:01:15:16

Jazz Northwest: 25th anniversary season opener concert by SRJO

10/13/2019
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The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra opened its 25th anniversary season with concerts in Seattle's Benaroya Hall and the Kirkland Performance Center last weekend. The program in both locations featured music from a 1961 album that brought the Count Basie Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Orchestra together in a recording studio for the first and only time. They shared repertoire and soloists from both bands and many selections recorded that day were performed in these concerts by the SRJO.

Duration:01:05:53

New albums by Kelley Johnson, Dave Peterson & Kohler Collective

10/6/2019
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Several new and recent releases from regional jazz artists are featured on this week’s episode of Jazz Northwest. Kelley Johnson's new CD "Something Good" is her first in more than a decade and it shows a widening and deepening of her voice and repertoire. It's a welcome release from one of the top singers in the Northwest. Guitarist Dave Peterson is something of a hidden treasure to most non-musicians, but insiders know and cherish his guitar work and his long, open melodic lines. He's...

Duration:01:19:44

Thomas Marriott Quintet's last gig at Tula's

9/29/2019
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Trumpeter Thomas Marriott has been playing at Tula's for all his professional life. He started there with his brother Dave on trombone when they were in their teens. The Marriotts represent an entire generation of Seattle musicians who have been regulars on stage at Tula's for more than two decades. Sadly, Tula's closes after 26 years at the end of this month, another victim of gentrification and high rents. Most of the one-story block in Belltown will be demolished for a new high-rise...

Duration:01:12:48

Jacqueline Tabor's Art of Jazz concert at SAM

9/22/2019
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Singer Jacqueline Tabor, named Earshot Vocalist of the year for 2018, was accompanied by a quartet including Michael Brockman on saxophone, John Hansen on piano, Clipper Anderson on bass and D'Vonne Lewis playing the drums. Songs performed ranged from well-known standards to several more obscure songs and the title song from her most recent CD, "The Lady In The Gown." The Art of Jazz series is presented by Earshot Jazz and The Seattle Art Museum with the support of KNKX. John Gilbreath,...

Duration:01:17:45

Big Band concert at Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend 2019

9/15/2019
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John Clayton, Artistic Director of Jazz Port Townsend, leads a specially assembled big band in concert on this week’s episode of Jazz Northwest. The all-star big band is an annual feature of the festival which celebrated its 45th year in July. Featured soloists from this performance include Jeff Hamilton, Terell Stafford, René Marie, Gerald Clayton and Akiko Tsuruga. The concert was recorded in McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden near Port Townsend and drew musicians and audience from across the...

Duration:01:18:41

Jazz Northwest: Michael Mayo concert at Jazz Port Townsend

9/8/2019
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Vocalist Michael Mayo won many new fans with his performance at the 2019 Jazz Port Townsend. His wide-ranging flexible voice was surprisingly supple and expressive in a program mostly given to the popular standards songbook, with the exception of the opening original song, in which he used loops and effects building to a choral effect in a solo performance. In the balance of the concert, he enjoyed all-star backing from Geoffrey Keezer (piano), Graham Dechter (guitar), Vicente Archer (bass)...

Duration:01:18:16

Reunion in Ballard, Ernie Watts and New Stories concert on Jazz Northwest

9/1/2019
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LA tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts and Seattle's New Stories Trio were reunited at the 2019 Ballard Jazz Festival on the mainstage at the National Nordic Museum. Ernie Watts and New Stories first performed together in the 90s at The New Orleans Creole Restaurant and other Seattle locations and recorded a CD "Speakin' Out" for Origin Records in 1999. New Stories also performed as the rhythm section for numerous resident and visiting artists including Don Lanphere, Mark Murphy, Charles...

Duration:01:10:33